Holland America Line extends charter to house Ukrainian refugees 

Holland America Line extends charter to house Ukrainian refugees 

The line has cancelled six cruises on Volendam over the summer

Holland America Line is cancelling six departures on Volendam, after extending its charter with the City of Rotterdam to host Ukrainian families who have fled the war in their homeland. 

The cancelled cruises include sailings to Norway, the British Isles and Mediterranean. The line said guests will automatically be rebooked on similar itineraries and do not need to contact Holland America Line, as it will be in touch with options.

Volendam’s first scheduled voyage is a 14-day Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Explorer itinerary, departing September 24, 2022, from Venice.

Volendam has been a temporary home to approximately 1,200 Ukrainians since docking in Rotterdam in early April. The City of Rotterdam has now extended its charter agreement for the ship to host families until September 14. It will house up to 1,500 refugees through the extended charter, providing hot meals, private staterooms, housekeeping services, laundry, use of public spaces, fitness facilities, internet access and other necessities. Volendam is staffed with approximately 650 crew members.

Beth Bodensteiner, chief commercial officer of Holland America Line, said: “We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause to guests booked on Volendam through the summer. We appreciate their continued understanding as we work with the city of Rotterdam on this important mission.”

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